Jul 12, 2011 5:00pm EDT
in afghanistan that the top u.s. commander is now calling unfathomable. the half brother of hamid karzai gunned down in his own home. ahmed wally karzai was an influential figure inside afghanistan and a very controversial one who had deep connections with the white house. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. lots at stake here as well, chris. what do we know? >> wolf, afghans who have been complaining about corruption in the afghan government probably will shed no tears at the death of ahmid wally karzai. on the other hand, he helped hamid karzai exert fouer down in the south in kandahar where the president probably would not have been able to exert that power. so his loss british columbiaens karzai at a time when negotiations with the taliban move forward and it also may have very big repercussions for the u.s. effort in the south. people called president hamid karzai's brother a corrupt gangster. but the cia's former head of counterterrorism says the u.s. may miss him. >> it's quite like live that what follows is going to be something that will not work to our interest.
Jul 2, 2011 3:00pm PDT
is embedded with u.s. troops in afghanistan when the taliban attack. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. a special gathering to tackle america's serious economic problems. key figures from government, business and academia came together this week in chicago for the clinton global might be difference america conference. the event was the brainchild of former president bill clinton. i sat down with him in chicago for a candid interview on the country's debt crisis, the 2012 presidential race, and much more. >> mr. president, thanks very much for joining us. good to be here. first time you've done this as far as the u.s. economy is concerned. normally it's global issues. and i want to get to that, but let's talk about some of the big issues right now. jobs, jobs, jobs. it's a crisis, a game of chicken going on in washington right now between the president, the did democrats on one side, republican leadership on the other side. how big of a deal is this august 2nd deadline for raising the debt ceiling?
Jul 1, 2011 2:00pm PDT
operatives in yemen and somalia than all of afghanistan. >> you they very well be right about the numbers. a formal affiliation with the call core in the tribal areas. these groups have always seen some strength in the alliances. where you see instability in places like libya and yemen and syria, you worry about al qaeda and its affiliates. in chaos, they can take advantage of that situation, those ungoverned spaces to recruit, train and plan. so all of these governments in chaos represent a threat for us. >> there's a new head of the international counterterrorism center. what do you know about matt olson? >> he's a career guy. he's worked across different disciplines. he served both at the fbi then and also later at the justice department and the national security decision. well respected by law enforcement, gained some national security and intelligence experience over at the department. don't know about his relationship with the president, but that's less important than the counterterrorism center. as a career official, heel have that. so he's probably a pretty good choice. >> a follo
Jul 15, 2011 2:00pm PDT
in afghanistan, general david petraeus targeted by bin laden. >>> and here in washington, president obama urges democrats and republicans to avert what he calls armageddon, telling them to set politics aside as the clock ticks closer toward an impending default on the u.s. national debt. >>> and californians are bracing for what they call carmageddon. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. breaking news and political headlines all straight ahead. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in the "situation room." >>> we begin with alarming new signs osama bin laden may have been plotting an attack on the president of the united states. those details coming from the stash of documents found inside bin laden's compound after u.s. special forces killed the al qaeda leader. our pentagon correspondent barbara star is working the details for us. tell us what we know, barbara. >> make no mistake about it that at this hour, there are grim new details about what osama bin laden had in mind. >> reporter: while hiding out in his compound, osama bin laden was hatching up a new nightmare sc
Jul 25, 2011 2:00pm PDT
contract in afghanistan that moves more than 70% of the goods and materiel that u.s. troops need at their remote fire bases, moves it all across afghanistan. the military in kabul looked at this $2 billion plus contract and found payoffs and corruption. one u.s. official telling us, and we quote from what he explained to us, that when they looked at it there were concerns about, quote, fraudulent paperwork and behavior, indications dollars were flowing to criminals and the enemy. what we are talking about is a web of payoffs. the contractors who run the trucking companies, hire subcontractors, the subcontractors then pay or police and security officials who pay off the taliban or criminals so that their trucks get safe passage across insurgent zones in afghanistan. is it realistic at this point that any of this will ever change. we spoke to a top analyst about this. >> when you have the, you know, extent of corruption that we may have seen with some of these contracts, that's clearly not acceptable and they have to change the way they are doing business, but, you know, like i sai
Jul 11, 2011 2:00pm PDT
for a stable afghanistan and pakistan needs the united states to beat terrorism, which we consider to be a menace for our own people. we need to work together and both sides are working together. the only problem is whenever there's a disagreement or the pace of things, it always becomes a much bigger story. my understanding is that the united states government is continuing with civilian assistance to pakistan. >> but military is a different matter. >> which as you know is more than $1 billion in promises. . >> let's talk about what's deeply irritated u.s. officials. i know this because they' told me this, that on a couple of occasions at least they gave intelligence information top your government about terrorists building bombs, secret locati locations. within a few days, when your troops went there to do something about it, all the folks were gone. all the bad guys -- somebody tipped off the bad guys about the information. >> the important thing is that the troops went there to take action. >> but it was too late. >> previously, we always heard pakistan is not taking action. he